1 AUTHORITATIVE ENGLISH TEXT. THE HIMACHAL PRADESH PANCHAYATI RAJ ACT, 1994. ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS. Sections: CHAPTER I. PRELIMINARY. 1. Short title, extent, application and commencement. 2. Definitions. CHAPTER II. GRAM SABHA. 3. Declaration of Sabha area. 3-A. Diminution of Sabha area not to affect the term of certain office bearers. 4. Establishment of Gram Sabha. 5. Meeting and Quorum of Sabha. 5-A. Agenda. 5-B. Constitution of Mahila Gram Sabha. 6. Defect or omission in enrolment of members not to vitiate act or proceedings of the Gram Sabha. 7. Functions of Gram Sabha. 7 (A). Constitution of the Up-Gram Sabha. CHAPTER III. GRAM PANCHAYATS. 8. Constitution of Gram Panchayats. 9. Meetings of Gram Panchayat. 10. Maintenance of Gram Panchayat records etc. 11. Functions of Gram Panchayat. 11-A. Registration of cattle and maintenance of record therefor. 12. Power of removal of encroachments and nuisance. 13. Power to make general orders. 14. Control on erection of buildings.
2 15. Penalty for disobedience of a special or general order of the Panchayat. 2. 16. Power to enquire and make report about misconduct of certain officials. 17. Power to contract for the collection of taxes and other dues. 18. Power to introduce prohibition. 19. Power of entry and inspection. 20. Power to manage fairs and markets. 21. Power over water ways etc. 22. Powers regarding naming of streets and numbering of buildings. 23. Constitution and functions of Standing Committees. 24. Joint Committee. 25. Work to be entrusted to Joint Committee or Panchayat Samiti. 26. Maintenance and improvement of Schools, hospitals and dispensaries. 27. Establishment of School, hospital and dispensary for group of Panchayats. 28. Assistance to the Government servants. 29. Powers to take over management of institutions etc. CHAPTER IV. JUDICIAL FUNCTIONS AND POWERS OF GRAM. PANCHAYAT. 30. Bar for Panches to take part in certain cases. 31. Territorial jurisdiction. 32.
3 Offences cognizable by Gram Panchayat. 33. Penalties. 34. No cognizance by Courts 35. Transfer of criminal proceedings to the Gram Panchayat in certain cases. 36. Summary disposal of complaint. 37. Return of complaints. 38. Certain persons not to be tried by the Gram Panchayat. 39. Compensation to the accused. 40. Enquiry in cases forwarded by a Magistrate. 41. Extent of jurisdiction. 42. Extension of jurisdiction by agreement of parties. 3. 43. Application for transfer of cases from one Gram Panchayat to another Gram Panchayat. 44. Exclusion of Gram Panchayat jurisdiction. 45. Suit to include the whole claim. 46. Limitation. 47. Effect of decision by Gram Panchayat. 48. Proceeding under section 46 of the HIMACHAL PRADESH Land Revenue Act. 49. Procedure in revenue proceedings. 50. Resjudicata. 51. Double jeopardy. 52. Concurrent jurisdiction. 53. Institution of suits and cases. 54. Recording of substance of the complaints and application and appointment of benches.
4 55. Absence of Parties in cases and suits. 56. Gram Panchayat not to revise or alter its decision. 57. No legal practitioner to appear. 58. Appearance in person or by representative. 59. Compromise. 60. Procedure and power to ascertain truth. 61. Majority to prevail. 62. Dismissal of suits etc. 63. Summons to defendant or accused. 64. Failure of the accused to appear. 65. Issue of summons to witnesses. 66. Penalties for failing to appear before the Gram Panchayat. 67. Appeal. 68. Finality of decree or order of the Gram Panchayat. 69. Frivolous appeals. 70. Payment or adjustment of decree to be recorded. 71. Execution of decrees. 72. Recovery of fines. 73. Protection to Gram Panchayats. 4. 74. Duty of police towards Gram Panchayats. 75. Proceeds of fee and fines etc. 76. Conviction by Gram Panchayat not to be a previous conviction. CHAPTER-V. PANCHAYAT SAMITI. 77. Establishment of Panchayat Samiti. 78. Constitution of Panchayat Samiti. 79. Election of Chairman and Vice-Chairman of Panchayat Samiti.
5 80. Meetings. 81. Functions of Panchayat Samiti. 82. Entrustment of certain functions of state Government to a Panchayat Samiti. 83. Powers of the State Government in relation to functions of Panchayat Samiti. 84. Standing Committees. 85. Functions of the Standing Committees. 86. Procedure of the Standing Committees. 87. Consultative Committees. CHAPTER VI. ZILA PARISHAD. 88. Establishment of Zila Parishad. 89. Constitution of Zila Parishad. 90. Election of Chairman and Vice-Chairman 91. Meetings of Zila Parishad. 92. Functions of Zila Parishad. 93. Entrustment of certain functions of state Government to a Zila Parishad. 94. Powers of the State Government in relation to functions of Zila Parishad. 95. Standing Committees. 96. Functions of Standing Committees. 97. Procedure of Committees. 5. CHAPTER -VI-A. SPECIAL PROVISIONS RELATING TO THE GRAM. PANCHAYATS, PANCHAYAT SAMITIS AND ZILA. PARISHADS LOCATED IN THE SCHEDULED AREAS. 97-A. Application of this chapter.
6 97-B. Declaration of village in scheduled areas. 97-C. Functions of Gram Sabha. 97-D. Reservation of seats of office bearers in Panchayats. 97-E. Nomination of persons. 97-F. Acquisition of land in the scheduled areas. 97-G. Management of minor water bodies in the scheduled areas. 97-H. Minor minerals in scheduled areas. 97-I. Powers and functions of Gram Panchayats and Panchayat Samitis. CHAPTER- VII. FINANCE, TAXATION AND RECOVERY OF CLAIMS. 98. Finance Commission for Panchayats. 99. Panchayat Fund. 100. Levy at taxes and fees by Gram Panchayats. 101. Special tax for community services. 102. Commutation of tax by labour. 103. Local rate. 104. Levy of taxes by Panchayats. 105. Power of State Government to regulate taxes. 106. Power of State Government in regard to relief in taxes. 107. Assignment of funds to Panchayats. 108. Grants-in-aid to Panchayats. 109. Disbursement of local rate and stamp duty amongst Panchayats. 110. Powers of Panchayat to borrow money.
7 111. State Government may vest certain property in Panchayats. 112. Transfer of immovable property. 113. Mode of executing contracts. 6. 114. Penalty for evasion. 115. Recovery of arrears. 116. Appeal against taxation. 117. Budget and annual accounts. 118. Audit of Panchayats. CHAPTER-VIII. GENERAL PROVOSIONS RELATING TO. INCORPORATION, DURATION, TERRITORIAL. CONSTITUENCIES OF PANCHAYATS AND. QUALIFICATIONS ETC. OF OFFICE BEARES. 119. Incorporation of Panchayats. 120. Duration of Panchayats. 121. Qualification to vote and to be a candidate. 121-A. Account of election expenses and maximum limit thereof. 121-B. Lodging of account. 122. Disqualifications. 123. Bar to hold more than one office. 124. Territorial constituencies. 125. Reservation for Chairpersons. 126. Publication of names of office bearers of Panchayats. 127. Oath or affirmation of allegiance. 128. First meeting and term of office. 129. No confidence motion. 130. Resignation by office bearers.
8 131. Casual vacancies. 132. Defect or irregularity not to vitiate proceedings. CHAPTER IX. OFFICERS AND STAFF OF PANCHAYATS. 133. Appointment of secretary of Gram Panchayats. 134. Appointment of Chief Executive officer and Secretary of Panchayat Samiti and Zila Parishad. 135. Other officers and servants of Panchayats. 136. Deputation of government servants. 137. Inspection and access to Panchayat records. 7. 138. Powers to suspend execution of orders, etc. 139. Power of State Government to issue orders directing Panchayats for execution of works in certain cases. 140. Power of State Government to dissolve Panchayat for default, abuse of power, etc. 141. Inquiry into affairs of Panchayats. 142. Liability of office bearers etc., for loss, misappropriation. 143. Dispute between Panchayats and other local authorities. 144. Power to recover records, articles and money. 145. Suspension of office bearers of Panchayats. 146. Removal of office bearers of Panchayats.
9 147. Power to call for record. 148. Appeal and revision. CHAPTER-X. PENALTY. 149. Penalty for acting as members, Pradhan, Up-Pradhan, Chairman, Vice-Chairman when disqualified. 150. Penalties for interested members voting. 151. Penalty for acquisition by a member, office bearer or servant of interested in contracts. 152. Wrongful restraint of officers etc. 153. Prohibition against obstruction of members of Panchayats. 154. Prohibition against removal or obliteration of notice. 155. Penalty for not giving information or giving false information. 156. Prohibition of bidding. 157. Procedure to make good the damage to any Panchayat. 158. Penalty for tempering with the Panchayat property. CHAPTER-X-A. ELECTROL OFFENCES. 158-A. Promoting enmity between classes in connection with the election. 158-B. Prohibition of public meetings during period of forty-eight hours ending with hour fixed for conclusion of poll. 158-C. Disturbances at election meetings. 158-D.
10 Restrictions on the printing of pamphlets, posters, etc. 8. 158-E. Maintenance of secrecy of voting. 158-F. Officers etc., at elections not to act for candidates or to influence voting. 158-G. Prohibition of canvassing in or near polling stations. 158-H. Penalty for disorderly conduct in or near polling stations. 158-I. Penalty for misconduct at the polling station. 158-J. Penalty for failure to observe procedure for voting. 158-K. Penalty for illegal hiring or procuring of conveyance at elections. 158-L. Breaches of official duty in connection with election. 158-M. Penalty for Government Servants for acting as election agent, polling agent or counting agent. 158-N. Prohibition of going armed to or near a polling station. 158-O. Removal of ballot papers from polling station to be an offence. 158-P. Offence of booth capturing. 158-Q. Grant of paid holiday to employees on the day of poll. 158-R. Liquor not to be sold, given or distributed on Polling day.